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Should I (does anyone??) write a timeline about my claim? Like a one page timeline or outline or my history. Example: I just sent in my Social Security Disablilty paperwork for my claim because my SSD was approved due to my damage to my lower spine(posted a few days ago) the judge approved it. I was in Voc rehab 9/2008-4/2009 withdrew from college due to physical/mental meltdown then again went back 9/2010-5-2011 and again had to withdraw because I physically and mentally crashed( I was approved to the National Honor Society). I was approved for SSD 11/23/2009 and I figured if I wrote it out on a timeline it would help the to show the VA exactly the time line since I'm thinking they are not good at that.

Advice please and thank you in advance. 

((A quick FYI during this time I have been consistently getting spinal injections, spine fusion surgery, quad tear surgery, take pain meds(which make it hard to impossible to think theoretically) and doing physical therapy and PTSD group n one on one at VA PTSD clinic for 3 years now which helps with my daily anxiety.))

Thanks again. 

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I would definitely agree with this statement. This is exactly what I did for my new claim closed now but was granted P and T. It helps the doctor better understand a pattern or how a pattern exists if it does they’ll be the just. But you should have evidence with your timeline to show how factual it is and how it’s effected you in your lifetime. I waited after I was approved for P and T to file for SSA I just found out today my retro hits on Friday, it was very quick meaning just under 1 year from the time I filed my intial claim.

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Attached is the timeline i uploaded to ebenefits for my claim for increase to 100% and backdate to 2009 using the original Social Security Decision. Also I uploaded MRI showing spinal damage 2002, 2009 and bilateral Hip MRI 2009 showin damage. The VA already has my SSD determination apprival case papers- sent over via DAV 3 weeks ago and it's in the computer system there.

Let me know what you all think.

Thank you in advance.

Copied and pasted the timeline below in case you can't download it, removed personal info

From: AV 

Claim #

US Navy

 

To: Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Statement in support of claim for disability TDIU and Permanent and Total Disability from Present back to 2009

 

 

Timeline

2008-2009

I was approved for VA Vocational Rehab and attended NYIT- New York Institute of Technology in Brookville NY from about 2008 thru 2009. Despite having a 4.0 average, had to withdraw due to a physical and mental breakdown as I was unable to keep pace literally broke down emotionally and physically.

 

August 2010

I was approved for Social Security Disability August 2010.

 

September 2010- August 2011

After a year of a break and therapy I was approved again for VA Vocational Rehab and attended Dowling College in Oakdale NY from about September 2010 thru August 2011. Despite having a 4.0 average again and inducted into the National Honor Society for exemplary work, I had to again withdraw due to a physical and mental breakdown as I was unable to keep pace literally brokedown emotionally and  physically.

 

 

Social Security Disability Approval reasons

I was approved for Social Security Disablility for pain n conditions which I have been dealing with since 1995 and every year have gotten worse.

 

MRI dated Oct, 14 2002

shows damage to my spine. Degenerative Disc Disease L5-S1 and Herniated disc L5-S1

 

cont’d….

MRI dated September, 8 2009

shows damage to my spine. Herniated disc L5-S1. Bulging disc L2-L3. Degenerative Disc Disease at L2-L3 and L5-S1. Spinal Canal Stenosis from L3- L5. Anterior disc protrusion into the prevertebral soft tissues at L3-L4, Mild Lumbar spine Scoliosis. Small L3 Hemangioma

MRI dated September 9, 2009

Chronic Bilateral hip pain. Degenerative changes of both hips right greater than left.

 

 

 

 

Social Security Decision by SSD Judge

I want to state the I was approved (fully favorable) for Social Security Disability from a Judge on August 19,2010 and he amended the date back to November 2009.

He said the damage and pain I get from my spine which gave me sever side effects of radiculopathy in both legs, back, feet, knees, hips, legs

specifically:

degenerative and herniated lumbar discs.

Can only sit for two hours in an eight hour day

Restriction in activities of daily living

Difficulties in maintaining social functioning

Difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence or pace

Worsening back pain where difficult to groom n dress myself, do laundry, cook, clean and that medications help BUT then limit my ability to focus.

Xrays/MRI’s showed degenerative changes at L1-L2 and L5-S1; L2-L3 has an annular tear indenting the thecal sac and herniation L5-S1 with an Annular Tear, facet hypertrophy and mild Stenosis.

Clinical exams noted loss of motion, tenderness, spasms and despite several medications, facet blocks, chiropractic therapy and physical therapy to no relief.

Doctors opinion that claimant could sit, stand, walk two hours in an eight hour day.

Claimant is unable to perform any past relevant work in computers or sales cause it exceeded the residual functional capacity.

There are no jobs that exist in the National economy that the claimant can perform.

 

 

The above evidence of Social Security Decision by Judge and the MRI’s and the Vocational Rehabilitation shows 100% proof that I have been Permanent and totally disabled since 2009 and even MRI from 2002. Please approve my request for 100% disability and back date it to when I was originally approved on August 2010 to receive Social Security disability starting in 2009.

 

Thank you,

Sincerely,

AV

 

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I'm exhausted.

I also just put in my application for the World Trade Center health Program as I was reactivated n did rescue and recovery on the pit for the first few days about 10-14 days. Finally, overdue. I tried to hide my PTSD from the military, until I couldn't anymore- 3 years treatment for PTSD at VA and rated for PTSD service connected. I'm taking care of my life in every aspect and also make sure my 11 year old daughter also is covered and has help financially and other ways for when I join my brothers n sisters in heaven- but now yet not for a while. 

Goodnight all.

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1 hour ago, Aquabear said:

I'm exhausted.

I also just put in my application for the World Trade Center health Program as I was reactivated n did rescue and recovery on the pit for the first few days about 10-14 days. Finally, overdue. I tried to hide my PTSD from the military, until I couldn't anymore- 3 years treatment for PTSD at VA and rated for PTSD service connected. I'm taking care of my life in every aspect and also make sure my 11 year old daughter also is covered and has help financially and other ways for when I join my brothers n sisters in heaven- but now yet not for a while. 

Goodnight all.

What exactly is the  world trade center health program? who is eligible? is it just for New York Veterans?

My VA therapy is not clicking for me  my anxiety is through the roof everyday and I need relief.

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It's for First responders(FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and others) or anyone who worked down on the pit on 9/11. Were you there? I was reactivated in the Navy and sent in abut 1pm on 9/11 and sent there for the first 2 weeks, no mask no nothing. For what I was told, they don't help much with PTSD, I mean they can probably get you help BUT you have to provide proof that you were there, in my case I had multiple sets of orders with my name. rank, rate etc... specifically ordering me there. They are going to do a full medical workup on me and my ailments and also offer financial compensations for what we were exposed to.

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